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CurlManitoba Long Term Athlete Development Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is LTAD?

LTAD or(Long Term Athlete Development) was an initiative of Sport Canada, and is being developed by CurlManitoba based on the Sport Canada LTAD directives. It started when Sport Canada took a look at our olympic performance and realized the reason we are not winning as many gold medals as we should be is because of gaps in our sport system at the younger years. We are not getting enough people involved in sport, hence the rise of childhood obesity, and something needs to be done.

The purpose of the LTAD is to allow coaches to provide athletes with the best possible support at each stage of development and inform athletes about the key developmental concepts and practices at each stage in the development pathway. 

2. Why do we need LTAD in curling?

Curling has been a leader in attracting and retaining recreation participants in the sport of curling. Competitive athletes, in recent years have worked at achieving higher levels in the sport of curling. This demand has highlighted a need for a systematic approach to developing curling athletes.

LTAD recognizes two distinct streams in curling; the lifetime recreational sport and the elite competitive sport.  The LTAD model is designed to support participants in both streams.

The base to all curling is physical literacy and introduction and then streaming to the recreational, competitive or excellence streams.

Every athlete entering the sport of curling will have the potential for a positive, individualized experience no matter what the level of participation or competition aspirations.  The appropriate development will be available through the LTAD.

3. When did CurlManitoba start phasing in LTAD?

CurlManitoba has been phasing in the stages of LTAD the last three through programs such as Tots & Rocks, Skill Development Series and “Your First End”. Also, through Bonspiels such as the Youth Winter and Spring Open.

4. What are the advantages/benefits of LTAD in Curling?

LTAD is beneficial in Curling by developing Athletes through age and ability training programs. LTAD focuses on a long term goal process which helps athletes work through the developmental stages. LTAD provides Skilled Coaches who’s focus will be on critical periods of accelerated adaption to training. Implementing this system also provides the parents of Curling with guidelines to understand the stages of the sport. LTAD will help athletes reach their optimal performance.

6.  Which programs go with which stages of LTAD?

There are 7 stages of LTAD.

1) Active Start Stage- Tots and Rocks, Rocks and Rings, Little Rocks and the Road Show.

2) FUNdamentals Stage- League in a Box-Junior, Lessons and Clinics.

3) Learn to Train- Skill Development Series, Youth Winter and Spring Spiel

4)Train to Train – Manitoba Games Program, Berth Bonspiels

5) Train to Compete- PEP program, Canada Games, Provincial Championships

6) Train to Win- High Performance Centre, National Championships

7) Active for Life- Umpires, Volunteers, Wheelchair Curling, Deaf Curling

6.  What are the 10 Key factors of LTAD?

The ten key factors of LTAD that ensures that athletes experience optimal development are

1)      FUNdamentals

2)      Specialization

3)      Developmental Age

4)      Trainability

5)      The Whole Athlete

6)      Periodization

7)      Calender Planning

8)      10-year rule

9)      System aligment and Integration

10)  Continuous Improvement

7.  What are the 10 “S”s of Training and Performance?

1) Stamina

2) Strength

3) Speed

4) Skill (technical)

5) Suppleness (agility)

6) Structure and Stature (growth and maturation)

7) (P)Sychology (mental skills)

8) Socia Cultural

9) Sustenance

10) Schooling